Self-confessed one-stop-shop for cool London style, legendary TOPSHOP and TOPMAN will open their first South African store in Sandton City, Johannesburg in November 2012. The House of Busby, together with Edcon, has been granted the exclusive South African franchise rights for the British High-Street style champions. Both TOPSHOP and TOPSHOP MAN will be housed in a flagship 950 square metre store in Sandton City; Johannesburg’s largest and most iconic shopping destination. A second store is planned for opening in Gateway, Durban in December 2012, with plans for future store roll-outs including Cape Town and shop-in-shops exclusively within key Edgars’ stores.

If you didn’t know how the South African fashion industry operates  -our buyers & designers go to Europe & shop at stores like Topshop to source what they will essentially reproduce & sell to the South African consumer. My question is, with the likes of Zara launching here & now Topshop, what does that mean for our local retailers? Is this going to be the time for them to make use of the incredible creative talents we have in our country, or will they merely find another European retailer to copy? What do you think?

Let me know what you think lovelies!